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Red Clay's Commitment to Equity

Dear Red Clay family,

We are witnessing an ongoing movement of critical reflection and honest conversations in our communities for people of all ages, ethnicities, races, and identities. As we engage with the critical issues involving social justice in our schools, it is our duty as educators and community members to engage with one another civilly, promoting empathy, collaboration, and agency. To all of those in our community who are disproportionately impacted by the latest chain of events, know that we stand with you in seeking proactive, positive changes to end racism and injustice. The challenges before us are rooted in the fabric of our nation, but as the Red Clay Consolidated School District, we have an opportunity to embrace this in an effort to create meaningful change. Individually we have our own unique perspectives and experiences that collectively will allow us to find solutions to move us beyond rhetoric and drive us towards action.

I want to take a moment to share some of the immediate actions we are taking in Red Clay schools as we work with you to provide brave spaces, to help our community reconcile and heal from the cultural trauma we are experiencing.

Systemic vs. Systematic Bias: A Professional Learning Series for Red Clay Leaders

As society focuses on micro- vs. macroaggressions and looking at whether bias occurs at an individual level or systemic level, it is important for us to also discern between systemic and systematic bias/ discrimination. In a series of professional learning sessions this summer, Red Clay leaders will break down implicit personal bias that can lead to systematic bias, while also examining how systemic bias supports/negates our core values. Details to be announced.

Summer 2020 Virtual Town Halls with Red Clay Students

In an effort to address student needs and create a brave space for continuing courageous conversations, Red Clay, in conjunction with community partners, will host a series of virtual town halls with students. Topics will include race, racism, student voice, social/emotional learning, and civic awareness. Stay tuned for an announcement with upcoming dates and times.

Toolkit: Creating a Brave Space for Courageous Conversations

Recent protests are sparking questions from children. Not shying away from those conversations is the first step in moving forward. At this time, we must focus on our shared humanity, and prioritize learning and talking about the root causes of the current protests and interracial activism. This is a time to come together, listen, learn, share in grief and in hope, and act for a more just, equitable, and racially conscious world. Click here for a toolkit to help foster productive conversations about race and civil disobedience.

Red Clay's Social Justice Standards Integration Workgroup

This group will focus on integrating Critical Practices for Anti-Bias Education and Social Justice Standards. The Social Justice Standards are comprised of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes divided into four domains—Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action. The standards provide a common language and organizational structure that allows educators to engage in a range of anti-bias, multicultural and social justice issues.

Listening Sessions with Superintendent Green's Student Advisory Council

Red Clay will host listening sessions to help our student leaders expand their input and find additional avenues and pathways for participation in the education process in Red Clay schools. Our goal is to elevate student voices, empower students, and hear more of the student perspective.

Sincerely,

Dorrell Green, Superintendent

Red Clay Consolidated School District